CANADIAN BAND ASSOCIATION
“To promote and develop the musical, educational and cultural values of band and band music in Canada”
L’ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES HARMONIES
“Pour promouvoir et developper les valeurs musicales, educatives et culturelles des orchestres d’harmonies du Canada”
The Canadian Band Association is a national organization representing and supporting school, university, military and community bands, band directors, students, parents, administrators, the music industry, composers, arrangers and all those interested in bands and band music across Canada.
L'Association canadienne des harmonies est un organisme national représentant et appuyant les harmonies scolaires, universitaires, militaires et communautaires, les directeurs d’harmonies, les étudiants et leurs parents, les compositeurs, arrangeurs, administrateurs et toutes personnes reliées à l’industrie de la musique, ainsi que tous ceux qui s’intéressent aux orchestres d’harmonie et à la musique pour harmonie à travers le Canada.
Alberta - May 2014
The National youth Band of Canada is a unique musical experience that provides Canada’s talented student musicians, ages 16-22, with an outstanding opportunity to perform and network with a renowned Canadian conductor, guest soloist and the country’s top young instrumentalists. Students from across Canada are united by their love of music, their desire to create a challenging concert program all within a positive atmosphere while creating lifelong friendships.
The winner of the 2014 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition is Swiftriver Passage by Paul Suchan, a wonderful addition to our Grade 3 level repertoire. 21 entries were received from across the nation and were reviewed by a jury consisting of Darrin Oehlerking (University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon, SK), Wendy Grasdahl (Festival City Winds Music Society - Edmonton, AB), and Catherine Wood (Brandon University - Brandon, MB). In addition to Mr. Suchan’s winning composition, the jury wanted to acknowledge the quality of work submitted by Christiaan Venter. Although the jury felt that his entries exceeded the level of difficulty asked for, they were unanimous is praising his work, specifically Dancing Lights of the North and Freeways. Mr. Suchan will receive $1,000 for his efforts and Swiftriver Passage will be recorded by all of the core ensembles in the competition consortium:
This composition may be purchased directly from the composer by emailing him at:
The cost of the score and parts is 40$ for electronic orders, and 55$ for paper copies sent by mail within Canada. (Out of country orders should contact Paul.)
CBA Distinguished Musician Certificates - download in Acrobat PDF format here
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